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Laudato Si'

Click here for Pope Francis' Encyclical, "Laudato si’ – Praise be to you" published June 18, 2015.

Click here for the Australian Catholic Bishops Conferrence - Bishops Commission for Justice, Ecology and Development - Media Release.

(Feb 2017) Pacific Calling Partnership are circulating a petition calling on the Parliament to urgently:

  • Work towards a just transition from coal and coal gas to renewable energy;
  • Ensure that the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions becomes a priority across all policy areas of the government; and
  • Engage Indigenous knowledge in formulating sustainable development policies.

According to the Australian Climate Council, “2016 was the hottest year on record globally for the third year in a row. Climate change was the dominant factor in driving the record-breaking heat worldwide”; and Indigenous people throughout the world have shown great wisdom in caring for the environment. The Indigenous people of Australia and our neighbouring Pacific Islands are at the front line in confronting the damage caused by climate change. They have repeatedly called on the Australian Government and the Australian community to address climate change more seriously.

You can download a copy of the petition here.

Peace, Ecology and Justice - Request for Australian Church Leaders to Act Together 

On September 28th 2016 the Vatican Justice and Peace Commission held a Joint Consultation with the Pontifical Academy of Sciences to evaluate the global response to Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’, and prepare for the upcoming global climate change meeting in Marrakech, Morocco, known as the ‘Conference of Parties 22’ (COP 22). MORE

‘Laudato Si’ Tree of Life’ resource launched for Parishes, Schools and Catholic organisations. Media Release can be read here and resource found below:

Catholic Earthcare ecological page

Laudato Si Online Conference Interfaith Panel:
Ecological Education and Spirituality (June 17, 2016)

Prominent faith leaders reflect on the Laudato Si message from their faith's perspective, and how their tradition is promoting ecological education and spirituality. The panelists included Rabbi Rick Jacobs (President of the Union for Reform Judaism), Rev. Kyoichi Sugino (Deputy Secretary General of Religions for Peace), Dr. Din Syamsuddin (Leader, Muhammadiyah, Indonesia), Dr Bill Vendley (Secretary General of Religions for Peace), and Rev. Fletcher Harper (Executive Director of GreenFaith). The panel was moderated by Jacqui Remond, Director of Catholic Earthcare Australia and co-organized with Religions for Peace (www.rfp.org).

Earlier chapters of the Laudato Si" online conference can be watched HERE. 

Diocesan Ecolgoical Page

Diocesan Ecolgoical Page

Pope Francis released a video about Care for Creation! Please watch it here:

The Pope’s prayer intention is:

“THAT WE MAY TAKE GOOD CARE OF CREATION – A GIFT FREELY GIVEN – CULTIVATING AND PROTECTING IT FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS.”

The Pope Video is an initiative by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network to disseminate the monthly intentions of the Holy Father concerning the challenges facing humanity. The Global Catholic Climate Movement is a proud partner of this initiative.

Please remember to pray for creation and share the video!

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